Consumers appeared to have moved immediately from their Christmas stockings to their smartphones, with 2.5 times the number of app installs as compared to an average day in the first three weeks of December, according to Flurry. The company looked specifically at U.S. data for its research on app activity.
From new smartphones, operating systems and all kinds of APIs, this has been a year with more opportunities for app makers and just as many challenges. FierceDeveloper reached out to a handful to get their take on what hit home over the past year.
I feel kind of guilty admitting this so publicly, but I recently uninstalled Circa. It's a great app, but I have too many others that I use more often, and my smartphone only has so much room. That being said, I wonder if I owe Matt Galligan a review.
The recent Cyber Monday saw app usage grow by 30 percent in the U.S. and 10 percent around the world, according to a report from Quettra, trumping app usage on Black Friday, which saw an overall lift of 25 percent in the U.S. and 5 percent worldwide.
Suffice it to say that Spotify is just as concerned as Taylor Swift about making enough money. Just a few weeks after the superstar pulled her entire catalogue from the streaming music service (reportedly over compensation issues), Spotify updated the terms and conditions of its SDK. At first glance, it looks like huge, positive news for developers, because it lets those that integrate Spotify in their apps earn revenue through Apple's App Store and Google Play. However, that doesn't mean all apps will be treated equal.
Developers are always hoping for more customers, but forcing users to watch video install ads on their smartphone may not be the best option, based on social media commentary.
I have an idea for a mobile game: Consumers get bombarded with statistics after statistics, which they have to quickly assess and press a button when they think they've seen something that will prove the app stores are now crowded beyond all sanity. The game would be called "Peak App."
Though not formally recognized as a category on major app stores, Secret and Whisper are among the most talked-about anonymity apps. However, many other apps have been launched and more are likely to come--and their motivations are not all the same.
Nearly half, or 47 percent, of all iOS users found their last app via an App Store search, according to a recent study published by MobileDevHQ. The firm also found that Google Play's search played an even bigger role for Android apps. The company's research was based on a survey of 875 U.S.-based smartphone users.
Like thousands of others over the past two weeks, I submitted my e-mail address to request an invite. I'm still waiting. I periodically wonder when, and if, I will be accepted. When, and if, I finally do, I know I'll probably immediately log in and spend considerable time exploring everything about it.